A MAN has been airlifted to the Gold Coast University Hospital after being cut from the wreckage of a horror crash on the Pacific Motorway south of the border.
The man was driving a Mitsubishi ute which collided head on with a B-double truck near the Gulgan Road interchange at Brunswick Heads, north of Byron Bay, around 2am.
It’s understood the man was travelling south when, for reasons unknown, his vehicle veered into the northbound lanes where it collided with the truck.
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The B-double then crossed into the southbound lanes where it rolled onto its side. Thankfully, the truck driver escaped injury.
The 38-year-old man behind the wheel of the ute, however, wasn’t so lucky.
The man from Possum Creek was trapped in the wreck for around half and hour before he was cut free.
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the scene and landed on the motorway where its crew helped treat the man before flying him to hospital.
The 38-year-old was flown to the Gold Coast University Hospital with serious head, arm and chest injuries.
The northbound lanes of the M1 remained closed for around three hours while the southbound lanes were still closed as the sun rose on Sunday as crews worked to remove the truck.
Investigations into the cause of the accident are ongoing.
Anyone with any information that could assist police with their investigation is urged to come forward.
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